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FARGO — At first sight, Sylvia Peach Leiviska doesn’t seem like someone who could take down a 600-pound blue wildebeest. But the 12-year-old Fargo girl, who’s 4-foot-8 and 75 pounds, has quite a story to tell about the animal she snagged on safari with her family in South Africa last summer. In photos, holding the crossbow and rifle she used, she’s dwarfed by the wildebeest’s massive body. “It was just crazy how big it was,” she said.
GLYNDON, Minn. — Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges in connection with a 9-year-old Moorhead girl's drowning at a swimming hole packed with nearly 180 kids on a June day. The prosecutors' memo declining charges and a 60-page report on the drowning investigation were released by Clay County authorities Monday, Oct. 1, as a result of a public records request by The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
FARGO—Post-traumatic stress disorder began to rear its ugly head in the life of U.S. Army Capt. Garrett Ruud during a second deployment to Afghanistan. He took early retirement in late 2017 due to PTSD and returned to his native Fargo to try to cope. At times, Ruud wouldn't leave his house. "There's a lot of anxiety that comes from it, a lot of sense of not being secure. Social anxiety as well, being around large crowds, noises, those sorts of things," he said.
GLYNDON, MINN.—A woman who was at a popular swimming hole near here when a child drowned said she thinks there weren't enough chaperones for the large youth group in attendance and that some weren't watching the kids. Another witness said she doesn't think searchers went into the water quickly enough after the girl was believed missing. The Clay County Sheriff's Office said Grace Elizabeth Bettie, 9, of Moorhead, died Wednesday, June 27, at Buffalo River State Park.
SEBEKA, Minn. — A central Minnesota couple is feeling a little like new parents after a rare birth on their farm. A cow gave birth to quadruplet calves on Chuck and Deb Beldo's beef cattle farm near Sebeka on May 24 — all tiny, but appearing to be healthy, so far. The couple is bottle-feeding the calves, two females and two males, almost around the clock. "We are looking for volunteers for that midnight feeding," Chuck Beldo joked, as the calves nestled into a makeshift shelter on the farmyard.
There seemingly wasn't much to be thankful for last Thanksgiving for family and friends of Jason "Teddy" Ramstad, a Detroit Lakes native and DLHS graduate. The good-natured general manager of Chub's Pub, 421 N. University Drive, had been hospitalized since mid-August 2017, much of that time in intensive care, following a wave of catastrophic health problems.
FARGO – Fargo police arrested two men as part of a two-day sting aimed at people seeking sex with underage girls. It was a lower number than expected due to what a sergeant described as heavy competition from other online sex ads this week. Fargo Police Sgt. Junell Krabbenhoft said the sting on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12 and 13, coincided with the annual Big Iron Farm Show at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. Krabbenhoft said it did not specifically target Big Iron, but was done this week because of its large crowds.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — As members of the North Dakota Air National Guard here in 2011, Matt and Micaela Brancato lost two dear friends within a span of just two months. Air Force Maj. David Brodeur was killed in a shooting at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, that April. He was Matt's roommate at the U.S. Air Force Academy. West Fargo native Eric "Dirk" Ziegler died when the F-16 he was piloting crashed during training in Nevada that June. "We went to back-to-back memorial services," Micaela Brancato said.
PELICAN RAPIDS, MINN.—It takes 40 gallons of sap from the sugar maple tree to make a single gallon of pure maple syrup, a process that's labor intensive and entirely dependent on the weather. Terry Heller, a volunteer with the Friends of Maplewood group, admits it's a lot of work. "You're getting an easy 50 cents an hour if you figured it all out, maybe," Heller laughed, "but it gets in your blood." The syrup-making operation at Maplewood State Park near here just became more efficient, however.
FARGO—As the leader of Bell Bank's Pay It Forward program here, Julie Peterson Klein is accustomed to finding ways to make others happy. Now, the tables are turned as co-workers are helping make her childhood dream come true. She and her mother will watch movie stars stroll by on the famed red carpet at tonight's Oscars in Hollywood. The Oscars Live broadcast will air on ABC beginning at 6 p.m. CDT. Peterson Klein said she won't believe it until she sees it. "I think I've been in complete shock," she said.